Days 16-18... catching up!
Days 16 and 17 brought with them a need to organize my life. I spent day 16 creating the prototype and day 17 creating a printed version of a personal planner. On the left are the days of the week where I can write not only appointments and reminders, but notes from the day, which will be useful in creating my week in review scrapbook pages. On the right are spots for lists; Things To Do @ Home, Things To Do @ Work, Places To Go, People To Contact, and a big spot at the bottom for Notes & Ideas. I'm really liking it so far, I just hope I can keep up with it for long enough to be useful long term.
Day 18 found me with a need to expand my planner. I added 2 more sections: Menu/Grocery Lists, and Store Buy Lists, where I can write the name of the store and keep a running list of items I need there, so when I have enough items, or time to go, I can remember everything I need.
Days 7-15... a little behind...
So... I got behind in posting my creations for 30 Days of Creativity, but I kept up pretty well. Here's a quick list of what I made:
On Day 7, I made sale signs for my garage sale!
Day 8 was an apron to hold all the money I planned to rake in during my garage sale.
Days 9 and 10 were devoted to organizing and displaying all my junk at the garage sale (I was a bit consumed with the sale, if you can't tell already!)
Day 12 (I missed 11 because I was so busy with the end of the garage sale) was a culinary creation. Baked tomatoes with parmigiana cheese and basil. So tasty!
Day 13 was an online creation. I made a google calendar for household reminders. Like when to change the furnace filter and when to trim certain bushes outside.
Day 14 was an accidental creation, but I was busy, so I counted it. I burned myself making breakfast. It puffed up into quite a little bubble during the day. Now on day 22, it's reduced to a bright red puckered scar look. I hope it'll go away soon.
On Day 15, I created many, many meal components to be ready whenever I need them. Pork chops, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, beans, pea-pods, zucchini, spinach, and leafy lettuce. And a new way to store asparagus!
That's enough catch-up for tonight. I will update on days 16 and on as soon as I can. There are a few days I missed, but I'm having fun finding a creative outlet every day!
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm a few days behind on photographing and posting my creations, but never fear, I am keeping up with the creativity! For Day 5, I tried yet another new technique. Fabric roses. I ripped a few stips from an old purple sheet I got long ago with the intent of practicing with my sewing machine... that may have to be another day of creativity...
I'm not sure what I want to do with them yet. Brooch? Hair clip? Headband? I didn't want to put anything permanently on the back, so I put a safety pin on the back of the big one and attached a barrette to wear on Monday. I tried to get a photo with my phone. This is the best I could do:
I also got around to filling my organizational tower that I made on Day 1. I filled the bottom level with my paints, ink refills, and glitter glue. The middle level has all my mini stamp pads, and the top level is for misc tools. I really like how it turned out, but I'm still trying to figure out exactly where to put it...
I kinda want to make more...
Day 4 - Lace Cuff Bracelet
Tonight I went out to eat for a friend's birthday. I wanted to wear my new vest and needed some accessories to go with it. Here's the vest:
I wore it with a tuxedo-style girly top - I couldn't find a picture of it online and I didn't get a picture of me in it.
Anyway, I started out today wanting to make some arm warmers to wear with it because the shirt has tiny cap sleeves and I have a tendency to get cold. So I found some shirts that I could chop up to create arm warmers from, and came across an old button-up shirt. I though it would be perfect to make warmers out of those sleeves because it would be a natural match to the vest! Unfortunately, I could not figure out how to cut them so they would stay up on my arms (sweaters work really well, button-up sleeves do not). So I shrunk my idea.
I cut off the cuffs only, got some matching lace & buttons, and started gluing away. I could have sewn them, but I was short on time and I am not very skilled with my sewing machine yet.
This is what came out:
Cute, right? Kinda 80's, kinda goth, kinda Victorian. They kept my wrists warm and I got a couple compliments from my friends. They even said I should make them and sell them on Etsy! What do you think? Would someone buy them? How much could I sell them for? I have some ideas for other embellishments and finishing the edges better. Plus, I would actually sew them instead of hot glue.
I'm having so much fun with 30 Days of Creativity! I can't wait to see what I come up with tomorrow!!!
Day 3 - Lovely Lunch
Today's bit of creativity comes in food form. I got an idea to make a BLT with an egg in it! Instead of just throwing it together, I decided to be more intentional and beautiful with it.
I cut everything into a perfect circle with a cookie cutter and then cooked the egg in it!
Then assembly, a few quick photos of my own Egg-McMuffin, then Nom Nom Nom!
I do wish I had cut the lettuce into a circle as well - I think that would have looked just about perfect, but this was pretty damn tasty!
Day 2 - Veggie Printing
Inspired by Pinterest once again, I did a very simple project today. I made a stamp out of something I had lying around - the base of a stalk of celery.
I have not ventured into vegetable prints since the days of potato-carving-preschool. And let me tell you, it's fun! The celery base prints look like roses, so I knew I was going for an organic, natural look.
I chose 2 colors plus gold for some shimmer, and went nuts! Here's what came out:
I mostly printed on white paper knowing it would show up the best, but I also tried one sheet of black. It turned out nice, but not as clear of an image for some reason.
I kept playing till the paint on my plates ran out, then I cleaned up a bit and went to bed.
When I woke up this morning, I realized I had not thrown away the celery. And it looked so cool! I ended up spreading the stalks away from the center and this is what the paint did on the inside:
Beautiful, right? I love how the paint dripped down into the creases of the celery, creating it's own unintentional work of art.
I'm glad I didn't throw it away last night!
When a friend reminded me 4 days ago that 30 Days of Creativity was starting soon, I had to do some quick mental math. Was it really June already!?!?! Where has the year gone!?!
Once I got over the shock, I got really excited. You see, I've been hanging out at (read: refreshing non-stop) this new website called Pinterest. It's a site where you can create boards and 'pin' interesting photos to them. And they link back to the website you got them from. And other people can see what you pin. And you can see what other people pin. And you can repin their pins. And it's just a huge circle of creative awesome!
So, needless to say, I've found a ton of ideas on this site, and I've already got a list of about 15 things I want to make for 30DOC this year. My goal is to try to make something I've never tried before for at least half of the days.
And today was Day 1. I decided to make something I've been thinking about for a long time; a tiered serving tray from plates and candle sticks. But this one has a twist - instead of plates, I used cake pans! I saw the twist on Pinterest and loved it! A little bit glam, a little bit grunge. Just my style!
Step one was to hit up my favorite thrift store for supplies, then out to my brand new spray paint place!
Once the paint was dry, I headed in assemble. I began to realize that this project was going to take quite a bit of patience to let things dry.
Here's the before (with painted candlesticks):
And here's the after!!!!
I love how it turned out! The green is the perfect color and (even though it's hard to tell) the pans go from largest at the bottom to smallest at the top. It's going to hold so much fun stuff!!!
I have to let the glue cure overnight (more waiting!!), but I will post a picture tomorrow of it all loaded up! I can't wait to see it!
Blogs I read:
Bits & Pieces
Jennifer McGuire Ink
I Could Make That